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October 7, 2012 8:00 PM BST
Stade Vélodrome — Marseille
Referee:‬ T. Chapron‎
Attendance:‬ 40748‎
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Olympique de Marseille 2-2 Paris Saint-Germain

A thrilling first-half saw four goals shared at Stade Velodrome, and Goal.com was on hand to judge all the performers in France's most high-profile encounter

By Robin Bairner

  • Steve Mandanda
    10
    7
    2.50

    Steve Mandanda

    Aside from a woeful error against Valenciennes last weekend, his form has been at a high level, yet he may feel that he should have dealt with Ibrahimovic’s free kick a little better.

  • Kassim Abdallah
    11
    2
    3.00

    Kassim Abdallah

    A rookie at this level of the game but equipped himself well on the right of Marseille’s defence. On occasions he was caught out positionally, but a sensible approach to the game ensured this did not happen too often. Taken off with 25 minutes to go.

  • N. N'Koulou
    26
    4
    3.50

    N. N'Koulou

    Considered to be the one centre-back in Ligue 1 able to tame Ibrahimovic, he actually did a fair job from open play, but there was nothing he could do about the set-piece situations. Remains phenomenally cool in possession.

  • Jérémy Morel
    8
    2
    3.00

    Jérémy Morel

    A quiet game for the left-back on the whole, though there could be little doubt that he was troubled when PSG attacked down his flank.

  • Rod Fanni
    11
    2
    3.00

    Rod Fanni

    Deployed in the heart of the defence once again, and equipped himself well to face the danger PSG posed. Perhaps could have been put under greater pressure.

  • Benoît Cheyrou
    9
    4
    3.00

    Benoît Cheyrou

    Typified the solidarity that Marseille have displayed this season. A steady performer in the heart of the field, shooting just over the crossbar early in the second-half.

  • Morgan Amalfitano
    4
    14
    1.50

    Morgan Amalfitano

    Perhaps lacked a little incision with his passing going forward, but the former Lorient man was rigorous with his work. Lacked real inspiration, though, and struggled to have much influence.

  • Charles Kaboré
    9
    2
    2.50

    Charles Kaboré

    Big, physical and rather brash in the middle of the field, he was just what Marseille needed to stop PSG playing their pretty triangles early on. Pressed the game well but left much to be desired with his shooting.

  • Mathieu Valbuena
    25
    2
    3.00

    Mathieu Valbuena

    This was an encounter in which energy was more important than technique, and the waspish attacking midfielder drove his side on with great vivacity. Was direct with his running and clearly keen to make a big impact, which he certainly did.

  • André Pierre Gignac
    58
    6
    4.50

    André Pierre Gignac

    Very much the renaissance man for this reborn Marseille side, and he showed his finishing prowess to create half a yard against Alex to bury the ball beyond Sirigu. Nodded OM level from a corner kick with half an hour played and linked superbly with Valbuena.

  • André Ayew
    41
    5
    3.00

    André Ayew

    Worked industriously for his side, but his team-mates were reticent to spread the play by giving possession to the Ghanaian, who took up some good positions on the left of the park. A strong showing.

Substitutions

  • Rafidine Abdullah
    13
    2
    2.50

    Rafidine Abdullah

    The youth player was given 25 minutes at the end of the match and did not look out of his depth.

  • Jordan Ayew
    13
    3
    2.00

    Jordan Ayew

    Had little chance to impress late on.

  • Loïc Remy
    13
    3
    1.50

    Loïc Remy

    Only given the last few minutes.

  • Salvatore Sirigu
    14
    6
    3.00

    Salvatore Sirigu

    A sound last line of defence for PSG, he had little chance with either goal. The Italian bossed his rearguard well, though he was rarely troubled by efforts on his goal.

  • Thiago Silva
    31
    11
    3.00

    Thiago Silva

    Did not have easiest game in the heart of the defence, with Gignac’s energy and physicality posing him some problems. Used his experience well, but was lacklustre with some of his passing. Booked for a heavy challenge on Amalfitano.

  • Alex
    9
    22
    2.00

    Alex

    Beaten by Gignac as Marseille hit the front and was a little clumsy at times, giving away some needless fouls.

  • Maxwell
    16
    9
    3.00

    Maxwell

    A sound showing from the Brazilian, who was rarely beaten down his flank and who broke forward with purpose on a couple of occasions.

  • Christophe Jallet
    12
    13
    2.50

    Christophe Jallet

    Solid down the right-hand side of the field, though he was pretty limited in his offensive endeavours, doubtless mindful of the abilities of Andre Ayew on the counter. When he attacked, he was a certainly a very useful threat and seemed to gain confidence as the match wore on.

  • Jérémy Menez
    13
    9
    3.00

    Jérémy Menez

    Capable of sparking a game into life at any moment, the attacker was quiet for periods but brilliantly released Gameiro soon after the interval following a tremendous burst. Also fashioned a chance for Ibrahimovic before being withdrawn.

  • Blaise Matuidi
    12
    9
    2.50

    Blaise Matuidi

    One of PSG’s key performers in the early weeks of the season has gone off the boil a little in recent games, and he failed to make a particularly good impression in this clash. Missed the hunger shown by the Marseille midfielders.

  • Clément Chantôme
    5
    16
    2.00

    Clément Chantôme

    Was bypassed a little in the midweek match against Porto and had similar problems getting involved in the first-half. Improved after the break, showing greater appetite for the battle.

  • Marco Verratti
    23
    12
    2.00

    Marco Verratti

    Struggled to see much of the ball in what was a high-octane affair and was justly booked in the first-half for a challenge on Mathieu Valbuena. Improved after the break, when his team-mates seemed to make more of an effort to get the ball to him but was taken off after an hour after receiving a heavy knock from Kabore.

  • Javier Pastore
    21
    37
    1.00

    Javier Pastore Flop of the Match

    Surprisingly left out of Wednesday’s defeat against Porto, the playmaker was deployed in his favoured role behind a forward two and struggled in truth, missing two very presentable first-half chances before being replaced at the break.

  • Zlatan Ibrahimovic
    128
    16
    4.50

    Zlatan Ibrahimovic Top of the Match

    Produced a moment of outrageous magic to draw PSG back into the game after they fell behind and then smacked a terrific free kick beyond Steve Mandanda moments later. Full of imagination, but at times his team-mates were not on the same wavelength.

Substitutions

  • Sylvain Armand
    6
    4
    2.50

    Sylvain Armand

    Introduced for the closing 30 minutes of the game and gave his side steady service.

  • Gregory van der Wiel
    16
    5
    2.50

    Gregory van der Wiel

    Another to give a solid performance after coming off the bench.

  • Kevin Gameiro
    14
    8
    3.00

    Kevin Gameiro

    Introduced in the place of Pastore at half-time, and had a great chance soon after coming on but shot wide. Offered a threat in behind that PSG were previously lacking, but had a tendency to wander needlessly offside.

Results
 
Player Ratings
Tournament
Position
Ranking
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Zlatan Ibrahimovic Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Striker
PSG
25 6
Edinson Cavani Edinson Cavani
Striker
PSG
15 2
Alexandre Lacazette Alexandre Lacazette
Striker
Lyon
15 0
Vincent Aboubakar Vincent Aboubakar
Striker
FC Lorient
14 2
André Pierre Gignac André Pierre Gignac
Striker
Marseille
14 1